“Nate made some big catches last week. That catch he made in the middle of the field was really big. It could have been a third down. He kept that drive going. I was happy with the way the receivers came out with their mindset ready to fight. Not just the receivers, but the offense as a whole.
“Especially during the end of the game when we had to score, we could have been thinking, ‘We need a field goal to tie the game’, but we said we needed a touchdown to win. That’s the mindset we gotta have and I was happy to see it.
“Kevin might have had a couple drops, but he stayed in the game. He didn’t let those things get to him and he kept playing to the next play and – by doing so – good things happen to you. He ended up scoring the game-winning touchdown for us, so that was big. I was happy to see that for him.
“Thinking back to last year’s game against these guys, I remember I was ticked off because we let that one get away. One that we had a grasp on and it messed up our perfect season early in the season. That’s the one thing that sticks out. On top of that, they came to our house to do it. That’s why I’m happy we get to go there and try and disturb their season early.
“Looking to this week, if there are games you circle, this should definitely be one of the games. One, because it’s early in the season and Sunday night, but at the same times, a lot of guys – most of the guys that were here last year – they got a bad taste in their mouth from the way that the game ended last year. Not even talking about all the extra stuff that happened, but just from on the field. We felt we had that game and we let it get away.
“All the off-the-field talk I’m able to tune out pretty good. The only reason that we hear about it is because somebody brings it up, whether it be a coach or media. That’s not something that I think is on a lot of guys’ radars as far as this game is concerned.
“Getting a win against a playoff team is definitely something that you would like to see – us performing at a better level against teams like that. To do so this early in the season would definitely put us in a good spot. I know last week we didn’t start the way we wanted to. We finished the way we wanted to, but we didn’t play the whole game like we wanted to. We felt that was a game that shouldn’t have been where is was, so we can’t have those same kind of mistakes if we definitely want to win this week.
“The 49ers have a good defense, a very good front seven. The big thing on our side is being where we’re supposed to be at the right time because they can put some heat on the quarterback.”
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